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Gem fields

Buried Treasure, a new site dedicated to undercovering hidden gems of indie gaming / angular music by A Formal Horse / GM Supposedly Destroyed (Nearly) Every EV1 Ever Made—So Why Is One in an Atlanta Parking Garage? / related, Who … Continue reading

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Risk-averse delivery

Street View Journey, a selection of paintings by Nao Tatsumi / don’t get trapped in a sneaky hate spiral / lots of gems at this History of Science and Technology sale at Bonham’s / Words for Music, a music blog … Continue reading

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Deception

Other things. Secret bunkers and mountain hideouts: hunting Italy’s mafia bosses. See also the BBC documentary The Mafia’s Secret Bunkers, which you can watch on YouTube / History Always Favours The Winners, a record label with some great signings / … Continue reading

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Accelerated ages

Four-wheeled dreams, Rick Poynor on the seduced but unquestioning approach taken by the V&A’s monograph Autofocus: The Car in Photography, published to coincide with the exhibition Cars: Accelerating the Modern World. In general, Cars shares the muddled-up mix of mirror, … Continue reading

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Underwater cities

John Lautner’s 1960s Wolff Residence in Los Angeles (via Wowhaus) / contemporary pattern designs by Dan Funderburgh / the vanishing Voloport / “Walking on the Moon“, broken down / Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale, a new book … Continue reading

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Unintended consequences

Open Memory Box offers the ‘biggest digitized collection of home movies from the GDR’, a dreamlike collection of silent 8mm films of a completely vanished world (thanks to TT for the tip) / Are compostable bags really compostable?, an ongoing … Continue reading

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Lives in miniature

Life in Miniature is a short film by Ellen Evans about the work of Kath Holden and her mother Margaret Shaw, otherwise known as Delph Miniatures. This, ahem, small business is dedicated to making contemporary, everyday dolls house furniture and … Continue reading

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Hiding in plain sight

The rise of ‘facadism’ in London, by the author of Spitalfields Life blog and the new book The Creeping Plague of Ghastly Facadism / another blog into a book: Palaces of Pleasure is a new publication from Lee Jackson, of … Continue reading

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Making tracks

Celebrity special. Railway Modelling with Sir Rod Stewart / the clothes of Mad Men / David Lynch teaches typing / Big Ship Foam Mining, Renovating a ‘Proper Boat‘, a video by Harry Dwyer. See also Dwyer’s engaging and ongoing attempt … Continue reading

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The Museum of Anything, open for visitors

Christmas is coming, so time to browse The Book of Dreams: the collected catalogues of Argos, from 1974 onwards (the company was founded in 1972). Very slick, so possibly an inside job / ‘Online fashion twice as ‘racy’ as High … Continue reading

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Black holes and bomb sites

The Size of Space / The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps 1939-1945 / The Bug and the Beetle, ‘Chevrolet Once Made A Depressing Film That Blamed Their Own Workers For Them Getting Their Asses Kicked By Imports’ (via Jalopnik) … Continue reading

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Spot the difference

Just in time for Halloween: Welcome To The Dark Side: Occult London, a map from Herb Lester. Sort of related, How Scientology doubled its downtown Clearwater, Florida, footprint in three years. $103m helps / What’s the Difference?, a newsletter / … Continue reading

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Activation

The real David Attenborough, a lengthy profile of the 93-year old film-maker and (sometimes) reluctant activist. To follow that up, Kottke always does good science and natural history: Watch Scavengers Devour a Fallen Whale Carcass on the Sea Floor; John … Continue reading

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You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike

A fascinating Video Game Map Size Comparison. See also VGMaps.com, the Video Game Atlas, as well as this piece at Retromash, the beauty of retro video game maps. This in turn links to an illustrated story on the hand-drawn maps … Continue reading

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Memories of what used to be

Ghost Towers: The view from Iran’s housing crisis. Includes photographs by Hashem Shakeri / Manzhouli, ‘a City Lost in Translation’, China meets Russia in Mongolia / a fine obituary of Charles Jencks / The Modern House features the boat-inspired house … Continue reading

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From megastructures to ministructures

The Indoor University; Canadian Welfare And Modern Architecture / Dusky Parakeet, a houseboat by 31/44 Architects at the Never too Small channel / an interactive diagram of car size evolution / architectural photographs by Simone Hutsch / Toyota, a photographic … Continue reading

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Collections and clarifications

A farewell to Charles Jencks, dead at 80 / Attempted Bloggery, vintage illustration and cartoons / everyone’s trying to draw a perfect circle / the cutaway drawing and its artists, a thirteen-year old thread at the Autosport Forums that is … Continue reading

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Outside the envelope

Behind You, a tumblr of original animated, spooky art / sort of related, Dungeon Synth (via MeFi) / Ste Holmes illustration / see also the Synth Evolution Poster / illustrations by Anna Isabella Schmidt / Barbican Winter, Stefi Orazi, at

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Ruins, best get used to them

“A unique property: 31,530 square feet. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths on 14.54 acres, a former Nike Missile Base in Dillsboro, Indiana. All for, wait for it, $850,000. You can visit a Nike Base in the Everglades. Related, Plan A, or … Continue reading

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End of the week

Illustrations, including paper art by Aurely Cerise / old, but probably still pertinent: Uber knows when your phone is about to run out of battery and prices accordingly / more colour-us-surprised tech news: The ‘Smart Kitchen’ Is Very Stupid / … Continue reading

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